Family Health

Advising you concerning health maintenance and illness and injury prevention is an important part of our role as your health care providers. The following preventative health guidelines for health screenings, immunizations, and physical examinations are provided to assist you in your pursuit of wellness. Please feel free to discuss these recommendations with your physician.

We suggest periodic appointments with your physician for preventive health evaluations:
» Infants at 5-7 days, 2 weeks and at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, and 18 months of age
» Children ages 2 through 6 – yearly
» Children ages 7 through 12 – every 2 years
» Adolescents ages 13 through 18 – every 2 to 3 years
» Women who are sexually active and/or age 19 and older – yearly
» Men ages 10 through 39 – every 2 to 3 years
» Men age 40 and older – every 1 to 2 years

Tests are indicated on a regular basis for healthy people to screen for the following diseases:
» Cervical cancer – Pap smear test yearly beginning at the onset of sexual activity or age 18
» Breast cancer – regular clinical breast exams and mammograms yearly after age 40
» Colon cancer – fecal occult blood test annually and sigmoidoscopy every 5 years for those 50 and older (alternative: colonoscopy every 10 years)
» Heart disease – cholesterol levels every 5 years for those 20 and older
» Diabetes – fasting blood sugar every 3 years after age 45
» Hypertension – blood pressure checks as part of every regular health evaluation

Additional tests may be appropriate. Please discuss need for the following tests with your doctor:
» Prostate cancer – PSA test
» Heart disease – EKG, treadmill stress test
» Sexually transmitted disease screening – HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, etc.
» Osteoporosis – bone densitometry for women starting at 50 or upon recommendation of your physician

Immunizations: Consult with your provider regarding age appropriate recommendations